Posted: Feb 24, 2013 3:01 AM
Updated: Feb 24, 2013 3:01 AM
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) More than 2,000 teachers, students, parents and school administrators from around Texas have rallied at the state Capitol to demand the restoration of $5.4 billion in public education cuts the Legislature approved in 2011. Former state Education Commissioner Robert Scott joined a group of mostly Democratic Texas lawmakers at Saturday's annual event.
HOUSTON (AP) Houston police have filed charges against a man accused of defacing a mural of President Barack Obama. The Houston Chronicle reports Michael Kroetsch was charged Friday with felony criminal mischief. Police say he has not been arrested. Authorities allege 58-year-old Kroetsch took part in a January 28th incident in which someone splashed paint across the 10-foot image of Obama, which is located near a popular Houston midtown restaurant.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A TransCanada spokesman says construction on the Oklahoma and Texas portion of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline is halfway complete. The larger pipeline still waits for federal approval because it crosses the Canadian border, but TransCanada spokesman David Dodson says construction on the smaller segment to the Texas Gulf Coast should be finished by the end of the year.
DALLAS (AP) Dallas police are looking for a hit-and-run driver who is accused of killing a 44-year-old man after dragging him about 125 feet. Police say the unidentified man was pushing a shopping cart across a street at 2:14 a.m. yesterday when he was struck by a vehicle.